PROG Magazine Nominates Allan Holdsworth Box Set as Best Reissue 2017

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Manifesto Records is proud to announce that their 12-CD Box Set release by the late Allan Holdsworth, The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, has been nominated as Reissue of the Year for the 2017 Progressive Music Awards.  

The nominations are announced in the new issue of Prog, (on sale June 30). The voting is open for everybody at www.progmagazine.com/awards.

Voting runs until August 23.

The Progressive Music Awards will be held on September 14 at London's Underglobe beneath Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank. 
The 12-CD set, The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever was released in April by Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records. Manifesto referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story article featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition. 
Featured on the box set are twelve re-mastered albums, beginning with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U. The Box Set features addiIonal bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japanese releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Included in the set are I.O.U. (1982), the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal FaIgue (1985), Atavachron (1986), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001) and Then! (2003). 


For more info on the Prog Awards, please visit: http://teamrock.com/news/2017-06-28/the-progressive-music-awards-are-back

Listen to in-depth memories on Allan’s contribution to the world of music and guitar, please listen to interviews by friends including Steve Hunt, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Watson, Mike Keneally, Joe Satriani, Jean-Luc Ponty, Vernon Reid, Francis Dunnery, Dweezil Zappa….

Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183


Summer 2017 Songs & Masters from Soul Moves Music

Hope you’re having a musical and joyful summer. Karen Besbeck and I have some songs that are great for covers and syncs by great artists!  Email us at Anne@AnneLeighton.com, LeightonMedia@aol.com or call at 718-881-8183.


** On July 26 Elliott Murphy will perform in his native Long Island, New York for the Stony Brook Film Festival, which is premiering THE SECOND ACT OF ELLIOTT MURPHY featuring interviews with Bruce Springsteen (who says of Elliott Murphy: I don’t think he’s ever written a bad song”), and Billy Joel.  On August 1, he plays the Rockwood Music Hall, New York City. 

LET ME IN: Elliott Murphy: slow, piano, trying to find a better place with a best friend that’s going through a rough time. Tom Waits meets gospel.  

PRODIGAL SON Elliott Murphy This song is about a prodigal son (with attitude) beginning his journey.

EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU) Elliott Murphy (featuring Bruce Springsteen): Fond memories of a long lost friend that is always close in mind.

**I am working with Manifesto Records on the late Allan Holdsworth’s 12 Solo albums. He understood melody and rhythm in a dramatic way. The licensing of most of the compositions on his solo albums are ONE-STOPS. If you are working in music with credentials, and interested, please reach out to us. 

THE 4.15 BRADFORD EXECUTIVE Allan Holdsworth
percussive based composition with 4 different movements.
:00 through :49: It sounds like clanging bells and rain sound effects in rhythm. 
:50 music—the synth axe comes in with a theme that repeats as other instruments join in.
2:37” elegant and gorgeous jazz guitar space age lead (like a Jetsons’ “Daughter Judy” energy)
6:00 tempo slows
7:00 into space, and resumes the synth axe pace heard earlier, but it fades out)

**THE TIDE Rachael Sage
Gentle piano and acoustic violin  Profound lyric, trying to teach friends to understand what sacrifices and challenges other people have made for them.   
"Compassion pulls the tide in which we’re free."  Rachael's latest EP, THE TIDE has gentle and enlightening songs to inspire us to work on getting out of sadness.

**SPACE by Shun Ng &Magic Dick 
Laid back harmonica bliss and acoustic guitar, fresh and sexy (in a laid back way) sounding.
(Dick was the harmonica player of  the legendary J. Geils’ Band.  Shun is an acoustic blues guitarist from Chicago, now living in Massachusetts.) 

**WISH ME WELL by Jenn Cristy  
Wistful, piano song about not wanting to regret “a chance to climb and a chance to fall” as she goes to Hollywood. “If you love me, then just wish me well.”  Jean is working on a new album. 

**Our Holiday music features songs from Leo Schaff, Gary Lucas, Miss Amy, Phoebe Legere, Dan Berggren, and me. Let it track at: https://soundcloud.com/leightonmedia/sets/seasonal-christmas-hannakah

Shopping in the malls for Christmas. “You’ll never take love for granted if you always give love in return.” Male bass/baritone and acoustic guitar. Folk styled.  

The classic song by a comforting voice in a meditative style. This Grammy-nominated Indie children’s artist has four new songs added to Music Choice’s Toddler Tunes’ channel, and a catalog of over 100 children's songs. (Ms. Amy also appears on the Grammy-winning album, ALL ABOUT BULLIES). 


Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Sign To Melodic Revolution Records

Album cover designed by Joe's son Max
and sister Claire.
Melodic Revolution Records is proud to announce that they have signed New York-based Prog outfit Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius for the group’s upcoming release, “GUILTY OF INNOCENCE.” 

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius will release their fifth CD “Guilty of Innocence” through Melodic Revolution Records early Fall 2017. The new 10-track album will be available worldwide in both Physical and Digital formats. “Guilty of Innocence” features special appearances by Alex Skolnick (Testament), Rave Tesar (Renaissance) and Randy McStine (The Fringe). 
“Guilty of Innocence” highlights include a reimagined cover of Muse’s “Hysteria,” a 12-minute prog epic titled “Soul Food” which features many of the guests mentioned above, plus “Dream Diary Cadenza,” a solo electric violin extravaganza lifted from Joe’s electric violin concerto.  
The band is led by founding member, electric violinist & vocalist Joe Deninzon. Joe has been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin.”

GUILTY OF INNOCENCE features members: French guitarist Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman, Vernon Reid), bassist Jamie Bishop (Francis Dunnery), and drummer Lucianna Padmore, praised by Modern Drummer Magazine for her “Deep grooves and serious fusion chops.”   
Statement from Joe Deninzon
We are honored to be part of Melodic Revolution Records, and feel it will be a strong partnership. We would love to expand our audience worldwide, especially in the prog community. We love Nick's commitment to and enthusiasm about the artists on his label.”

Statement from Nick Katona President MRR
“I’m a long time fan of the band and look forward to this journey of making music and magic through our collaboration.”

Melodic Revolution Records is more than just another independent record label: we are a family of individuals and musicians that work hard together like a well oiled machine, bringing the music listener, music that inspires, and makes us think, while cultivating memories - music that will stand the test of time. It is through this family atmosphere that new collaborations have evolved to create a rich blend of dynamic new music. 

“Music Is Our Voice” says Nick Katona.
About Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius 
A renowned violinist, Joe has recorded/performed with Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Peter Criss, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC Ballet (electric violin soloist), Phoebe Snow, Les Paul, Renaissance, and Mark Wood to name a few. He is an active teacher/clinician and published his book, “Plugging In: A Guide to Gear and Technique for the 21
st Century String Player” through Mel Bay in 2012. He also recently world-premiered his “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony in 2015. 
Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied melange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world at colleges, festivals, and clubs. They have opened for artists including Alex Skolnick, Martin Barre, Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. The band was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition the Musicians Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Progression, Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz, among other publications.  
Band Members 
Joe Deninzon : Electric Violin, Lead Vocals & Mandolin
Aurelien Budynek : Guitar & Backup Vocals
Jamie Bishop : Bass & Backup Vocals
Lucianna Padmore : Drums

Further Information Can Be Found At :

Official Website: www.stratospheerius.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stratospheerius/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stratospheerius 

Melodic Revolution Records: http://mrrmusic.com/joe-deninzon-stratospheerius/ 
 What the critics have said :
“Stratospheerius does not play what you want; it plays things you didn’t know you wanted.”
- Dan Roth, Progression

“a whirling dervish of vibrant creativity. He is one of those folks who seem to have a limitless supply of intriguing ideas. Deninzon is the embodiment of a true progressive artist…”
- Eric Harabadian, Downbeat   
“combines solid songwriting and tradition with extraordinary electric violin work and the sounds of the future.”
Angel Romero, Progressive Rock Central   
“Joe Deninzon brings the process of bringing the violin into the 21st century by making the music and technology of the contemporary electric guitarist available to the curious and willing violinist.
Mimi Rabson, Strings Magazine
“Think a bit of Zappa, the Dixie Dregs or Blues Traveler, with the violin being the focal point. Violinist & singer Joe Deninzon’s talents are flat out phenomenal, and the progressive rock tapestry he weaves around himself is carried out to perfection by his amazing band.”
- Mark Waterbury, Music Morsels
“Deninzon shows how he has earned the nickname the Jimi Hendrix of violin as he tears threw a distortion heavy solo that points more in the direction of Guns N Roses Slash than Yo Yo Ma.”
- Justin Scro, Cashbox Magazine

“Memorable hooks, gravity-defying instrumental prowess and a kitchen sink move toward rock If Bela Fleck and Frank Zappa had a love child in outer space, they might grow up to sound like these guys do.”
- David Budin, CoolCleveland.com